Mark B. Ross, 58, beloved husband of Joy E. (Preston) Ross of Essex,
died Saturday April 1, 2017 at his home surrounded with the love of
his family following his battle with cancer.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of Russell and the late
Natalie (Abraham) Ross and brother to Michael “Mickey” and the late
Russell “Rusty” Ross, Jr.
Mark found his soul mate at the age of sixteen and fell in love. He
adopted not only Joy’s family but also her friends and love for her
hometown of Essex. He spent many years working at the GE, Duncan
Tree and Hiltz of Gloucester. His most adored job was as a clammer
on the Essex River, which was a favorite place of his. This allowed
Mark to not only make a living, but to gift claims to all of his
friends and family which was a great joy to him.
Mark was an avid ocean and boat lover, fisherman, card player,
history buff, and of course a treasure hunter. He could often be
found with his metal detector in hand –especially after a storm. His
proudest find was of extremely rare pine tree/oak shillings. If he
wasn’t spending time with his family, helping friends, working in
the yard with Joy and his children, or watching black and white
Western movies, Mark would be planning his next adventure to gold
pan or to trek to his favorite spot at Pierce Pond in Maine. Many
summers he would make the long journey to primitive camp at Pierce
Pond with his closest friends and family members, men only of
Marks life was cut too short and he will be missed by many. He
touched many lives and brought laughter to almost any event. Solace
can be found in that he is at peace and will be reunited with his
brother Rusty and his dearest Grammy (Frances Preston).
Mark leaves two sons, Michael and his wife Katie (Crosby) Ross of
Topsfield, and Paul and his wife Noelle (Borchin) Ross of Essex,
and four grandchildren, Bethany, Jared, Casey and Jack who were
all the light of his life. Mark was also a father figure to many,
devoted friend, and someone who was always ready to lend a hand,
advice or just an ear to listen. His many nieces, nephews, siblings
in laws, coworkers and friends will feel this loss of a wonderful
Visiting hours will be Thursday April 6 from 4 to 7 pm in the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment will be private.